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Suffolk League I-AA softball preview

Leah Mele of Longwood makes a throw to

Leah Mele of Longwood makes a throw to third during the Long Island Class AA Championship game on Tuesday June 4 2013 at Dowling College. Credit: Bob Sorensen

BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Ed Murillo

2013 record: 1-16

Key players

Nicole Minardi, 2B, So.

Brianna Murillo, SS, 8th grade

Atrinette Casas, P, Fr.

Kayla Nunez, 3B, Fr.

Keilly Estacuy, CF, Sr.

Outlook: A young squad trying to remain competitive in a tough league.

COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: Harold Cooley

2013 record: 18-3

Key players

Kristen Andrew, P/OF, Sr.

Julie McDonald, OF/P, Sr.

Jessica Lodato, 2B, Sr.

Christina Rayfield, SS, Jr.

Alyssa Persich, OF, Jr.

Outlook: Strong, competitive team, with the ability to shut down any opponent.

CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Coaches: Tom Anziano and Bob Skahill

2013 record: 15-5

Key players

Angela Schuler, C, Sr.

Erin Sweeney, P, Jr.

Elizabeth Frayler, SS, Sr.

Kristina Balsano, 3B, Sr.

Erin Massmann, OF, Sr.

Outlook: All-County pitcher Sweeney and catcher Schuler lead a talented team.

FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Fred Luhrs

2013 record: 8-12

Key players

Ashley McCormack, SS, Sr.

Molly Peymann, 2B, Sr.

Aja DeGraw, CF, Sr.

Tianna DeOliveira, 3B/DH, Sr.

Brooke Kane, P, Jr.

Outlook: Core-of-four seniors want to make it to playoffs before they graduate.

LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Rick Caravaggio

2013 record: 13-7

Key players

Erin McCarthy, SS/C, Sr.

Kelly Langone, 1B, Sr.

Kasey Ryan, 3B, Jr.

Victoria Weinsheimer, CF, Jr.

Shannon Griffin, C, So.

Outlook: Young team led by McCarthy, a .500-plus hitter.

LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: Jackie Legnon

2013 record: 16-3

Key players

Leah Mele, SS/2B, Jr.

Alexandra Russo, C, Sr.

Audrey Miller, OF/SS, Sr.

Katie Weil, OF, Sr.

Alexis Kopel, 1B, Sr.

Outlook: Reigning county champions return eight seniors and five juniors.

NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: Krystle Canino

2013 record: 5-14

Key players

Jessica Conforti, P/SS, So.

Alexa Gonzalez, P/OF, Jr.

Emily Davenport, C, So.

Gianna Ranieri, P/1B, Fr.

Jessica Keller, P/OF, Jr.

Outlook: Nine returning players could translate into a bright future.

PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Dave Gervino

2013 record: 9-10

Key players

Samantha Van Dorn, P, Jr.

Amanda Lamacchia, 3B, Jr.

Nicole Baron, CF, Jr.

Liz Rohme, 2B, Jr.

Sierra Cardenales, OF, Jr.

Outlook: A young team looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Ralph Forman

2013 record: 16-8

Key players

Marissa Smith, P, Sr.

Samantha Marrone, CF, Sr.

Marissa Wilson, 1B, Jr.

Outlook: Ithaca-bound pitcher Smith can be dominant.

SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Ken Sasso

2013 record: 11-6

Key players

Danielle Heinssen, LF, Sr.

Nicole O'Donnell, 1B, So.

Julia Muratore, 2B, So.

Kirsten Bello, 3B, Jr.

Leanne Villani, CF, Jr.

Outlook: Hoping to make it two playoff appearances in a row.

WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Rosalie Serra

2013 record: 3-16

Key players

Brianna Morales, 3B/OF, Sr.

Elaina Frantellizzi, CF, Sr.

Brianna Dade, SS, Jr.

Chelsea Grosskopf, 2B, Sr.

Sarah Hyland, C/3B, So.

Outlook: Potential to improve on 2013.

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